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Today, a new organization called B’nai Mitzvah Revolution announced itself to the world.
I’ve been privileged to serve as the webmaster/tech-guru on the project. Working with the team behind BMR — notably the co-directors and their colleagues at HUC-JIR/RHSOE/ECE and the URJ — has been an amazingly fulfilling and insightful experience. I’m thankful to Isa for giving me the opportunity.
Check the site out. I’m incredibly proud of it (though, truth be told, a lot of the conceptualization and tweaking came from the entire team).
Viva la revolution!
Steve devoted his professional life to giving us (you, me and a billion other people) the most powerful device ever available to an ordinary person. Everything in our world is different because of the device you’re reading this on.
What are we going to do with it?
In my role as director of congregational learning at Temple Isaiah, I’ve been working on ways to effectively use technology to improve the learning experience in the religious school classroom. This post is the first in a series on ideas to make it happen.
What is it?
Apple TV is a box you connect (via HDMI) to a tv or projector, and you log it onto your wireless network. Once it’s connected, the Apple TV can play YouTube and Vimeo videos and stream Netflix content. Even better: Using a technology called AirPlay, it can play music, videos, and photo slideshows from any computer (Mac or PC, as long as it has iTunes installed) or any iOS Device (iPad, iTouch, iPhone) on the same network. Also, certain iOS apps take advantage of the same technology to have video from the device (like a news video from the CNN app, or a radio segment from the NPR app) display via the Apple TV up on the attached projector/television.
...since before it was cool to be a Mac guy:
This is what we believe.
Technology alone is not enough.
Faster, thinner, lighter...
Those are all good things.
But when technology gets out of the way,
Everything becomes more delightful,
That's when you leap forward.
That's when you end up with something...
That's an even better manifesto than this one.
Update: There's more.
If you ask a parent,
They might call it intuitive.
If you ask a musician,
They might call it inspiring.
To a doctor,
To a CEO,
To a teacher,
It's the future.
If you ask a child,
She might call it magic.
And if you asked us...
We'd say it's just getting started.